Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research

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SAGE Publications, Jun 3, 2009 - Social Science - 225 pages
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'It is not often I can use "accessible" and "phenomenology" in the same sentence, but reading the new book, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis...certainly provides me the occasion to do so. I can say this because these authors provide an engaging and clear introduction to a relatively new analytical approach' - The Weekly Qualitative Report

Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is an increasingly popular approach to qualitative inquiry. This handy text covers its theoretical foundations and provides a detailed guide to conducting IPA research.

Extended worked examples from the authors' own studies in health, sexuality, psychological distress and identity illustrate the breadth and depth of IPA research.

Each of the chapters also offers a guide to other good exemplars of IPA research in the designated area. The final section of the book considers how IPA connects with other contemporary qualitative approaches like discourse and narrative analysis and how it addresses issues to do with validity. The book is written in an accessible style and will be extremely useful to students and researchers in psychology and related disciplines in the health and social sciences.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Theory and Method
9
2 The theoretical foundations of IPA
11
3 Planning an IPA research study
40
4 Collecting Data
56
5 Analysis
79
6 Writing
108
SECTION B IPA Research
119
9 Psychological distress
147
10 Life transitions and identity
163
SECTION C Current Issues for IPA
177
11 Assessing validity
179
12 The relationship between IPA and other approaches
186
13 Conclusion and reflections on future developments
203
References
207
Index
218

7 Health and illness
121
8 Sex and sexuality
135

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About the author (2009)

Jonathan A. Smith is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London. His main interests lie in the application of qualitative methods in psychology. He has edited a number of books in this area. He has also developed a particular qualitative approach, interpretative phenomenological analysis, and employed it in a wide range of research projects in psychology.

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